GENEVA -- Audi is likely to put a supercar into production as its halo, says Audi AG Chairman Martin Winterkorn.
The automaker is "nearer and nearer" to giving the Le Mans quattro the green light, Winterkorn says. Audi showed the car at the 2003 Frankfurt auto show. It featured a 5.0-liter twin-turbo engine with 610 hp.
Audi based the show car on the architecture of the Lamborghini Gallardo. Volkswagen Group owns the Italian brand as well as Audi.
The Le Mans would be among several niche vehicles Audi plans to introduce to round out its product range, Winterkorn says. Audi targets global sales of 1 million vehicles by the end of the decade.
To become a true competitor with German luxury brands BMW and Mercedes-Benz, "we will go into niches," he adds.
Audi is rolling out the redesigned A4 in the United States. It will have at least two more derivatives than the previous generation. PHOTO: PHILIP MEECH
Audi's product range consists of the A3, A4, A6 and A8. It lacks SUVs and sport coupes.
Audi is rolling out the redesigned A4 in the United States. It will have at least two more derivatives than the previous generation, Winterkorn says. The last generation had three body styles: sedan, station wagon and convertible.
One of the new A4 variants will be a small SUV, the Q5, Winterkorn says. Audi is developing the vehicle primarily for sale in Europe. It is expected on the market in about three years.
Audi aims a larger SUV, the Q7, at the United States. The Q7 is due next year.
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